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Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 05 E 20 Ferengi Love Songs

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Love. Sometimes it's not pretty.
When a depressed Quark decides to visit home, he discovers his mother is in love. In love with Grand Nagus Zek. Meanwhile, Rom battles between being a good Ferengi and true to himself when following Ferengi tradition risks losing Leeta.


  • Bad Boss: Martok threw a crewmember over the edge of a railing in an argument. Worf thinks it's not a serious matter, since the guy didn't die, but he nearly hit the Bolian ambassador on the way down.
  • Blatant Lies: Rom, crying his eyes out after ruining his engagement to Leeta, insists that they're Tears of Joy. Neither Sisko nor Odo believes him.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: Brunt (FCA!) imitates Zek's accent and high pitch while mocking him.
  • Call-Back: Rom gets suspicious about marrying Leeta and thinks she's going to try and swindle him out of all his money like Nog's mother did.
  • Continuity Nod: Jadzia compares Cardassian voles to tribbles. Except they're less cute.
  • Deadpan Snarker: During his effort to drive a wedge between Zek and Ishka, Quark points a disruptor to his head. Ishka calmly tells him the power cells are dry.
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  • Deal with the Devil: Quark agrees to help Brunt in exchange for getting his trading license back. It turns out Brunt was just using him to get at Zek.
  • Delayed Reaction: Quark comes home, goes into his room, opens the closet door, hands the Grand Nagus his bag, and closes the door. Then he realises what he just saw and goes back. Zek yells at him for being on Ferenginar at all, and Quark goes to leave. It's only when he's almost at the door that he starts thinking about why the Nagus is in his closet in the first place.
  • Exact Words: When you go to pay your respects to the Grand Nagus, you actually do have to pay.
  • Foreshadowing: Zek and Ishka recount the story of how they met while he was losing the Global Tongo Championship. This is the first hint that he's starting to go senile.
  • From Bad to Worse: Quark already is in dire financial straits thanks to the FCA, but then he gets another infestation of Cardassian voles, forcing him to close the bar for three days while Starfleet goes in, guns blazing, to get rid of them.
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  • Gilligan Cut: Rom is certain that Leeta will sign the Waiver of Property and Profit. Guess what they cut to...
  • Hidden Depths: Maihar'du turns out to be a surprisingly good cook.
  • Noodle Incident: The last time Ferenginar had a financial crisis as bad as the one Quark causes, the Nagus ended up assassinated, the only time it happened to a sitting Nagus. He also ended up buried next to his first clerk.
  • Not So Above It All: After Ishka gives him his old Marauder Mo action figures from storage, Quark immediately begins playing with them like a little kid.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome:
    • Quark helping coach Zek through the meeting with the FCA liquidators, apparently leaving Brunt dumbstrucked.
    • Rom's act of charity in giving all his life savings to the Bajoran War Orphan's Fund earns him a kiss from Kira in thanks.
  • Oh, Crap!: Quark, when he realizes that Zek is not the financial genius he once was.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure:
    • Zek and the position of Nagus is shown to be this for the whole of the Ferengi Alliance. While he encourages greedy, manipulative behavior, he also acts to temper it and make sure the society's greed is genuinely beneficial to grow. A man who will tank the whole economy in a power grab, like Brunt does here, is an action a Grand Nagus should never take.
    • Sisko shows his skills in diplomacy in handling Odo arresting Martok for shoving Martok's officer off the bridge in the promenade. He has the General released by Odo but also has Worf tell the General there is to be no more of this punishment on the station or the General will deal with Sisko personally.
  • Running Gag: People keep turning up in Quark's closet.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Rom decided to forego the Ferengi contract of marriage due for his love for Leeta.
  • Silent Snarker: Maihar'du gets in a good eye-roll at some of Zek's senility.
  • The Starscream: Brunt is willing to send the Ferengi economy into free-fall so he can seize the position of Nagus.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: A bereaved Iskha telling Quark that while she understands how he puts his own concerns first... she DOESN'T GIVE A DAMN.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: This happens when Dax and Chief comment that Rom is least like a Ferengi they meet. It causes him to reconsider things and tries to get Leeta to sign a prenup which strips her of all of her money and any money she has is turned over to her husband.
  • The Woman Behind the Man: With Zek going senile, it's Quark's mom who's been keeping the Ferengi economy from imploding. One day without her causes a drop of 199 points.

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